In what has certainly been a year like no other, Truro School are pleased to report 17% of A-Levels were graded A*, an increase of 5%, compared to a national increase of 2%. Furthermore, 43% of all A-Level grades achieved the top-level A*/A results, with 70% graded at A*-B.
Andrew Gordon-Brown said on his final A-Level results day as Headmaster of Truro School: “This was not an easy or typical year for our leaving Upper Sixth, but they remained in good spirits throughout difficult times and continued to apply themselves with their customary dedication to their studies, despite not being officially examined.
“Following Ofqual moderation of our centre assessed grades our students have been awarded a set of results which are very much in line with the strong three-year overall school average. Whilst we are naturally delighted with such a high percentage of top grades, it is perhaps unsurprising that this national data exercise has thrown up some anomalies. We await further guidance on the appeals processes and will be pursuing these vigorously where we feel our students have been assigned a grade below that which they deserve. This unusual results day brings into even sharper focus the fine qualities of this group of young adults who leave as well-rounded individuals who have been accepted into a broad range of excellent universities and who are well equipped to lead fulfilling lives.”
In response to this year’s cancellation of public examinations, Truro School was quick to put together an academic enrichment programme that aimed to stretch and prepare students as they advance to the next stages of their education or careers. With enthusiasm and passion for their respective subjects, teaching staff demonstrated some of their expertise that cannot normally be covered under the constraints of the public exam syllabi.
In the (enrichment) programme, Upper Sixth explored deeper learning in a range of contemporary and historical issues that interested them and related to the subjects they studied, and it was an opportunity to enhance skills before university to help them navigate their degrees or the world of work, to impress future employers, and stand out.
Andrew Gordon-Brown concluded: “I share the sadness of this wonderful cohort of students who have not been given the opportunity through final exams to show their high ability, work ethic and great potential. Knowing this group of students as I do I can see more clearly than ever that a great education is so much more than a set of examination grades. They have developed a deep body of knowledge, a passion for learning, enjoyed rich experiences and formed strong relationships during their time at Truro School. None of these things can be devalued by this very sad situation in which we find ourselves.”
Truro School remains on hand to support students throughout this period, with career guidance continuing for a further three years after they have left school. As a school, we are immensely proud of how the students have handled this situation and we wish them all the best of luck in the future.
Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri, (to be rather than to seem to be) captures the essence of our identity. From Nursery right through to Sixth Form the Truro School Community shares the same values and approach to education which help to shape our identity. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.
DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AT EVERY LEVEL
Because we believe that academic excellence is an important part of human excellence. Every child is an individual and we celebrate and develop their uniqueness, helping them to become an independent learner and encouraging each child to explore, understand and cultivate their talent and abilities, whatever they may be.
To inspire creativity, ignite imaginations and help each pupil to find and fully develop his or her talents.
Because we value the development of pupils’ imaginative and creative dimensions as well as their characters. Through a broad curriculum and wide range of co-curricular activities, pupils discover the important balance between creative and logical thinking. These opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter discovers their hidden gifts, developing a sense of individuality and a confidence in their own abilities.
DEVELOPING PUPILS WHO ARE AT EASE WITH THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER
Because we want every pupil to be comfortable in their own skin, celebrating the uniqueness of each individual in the school community. Through drama, presenting and public speaking opportunities, as well as appearing in productions and concerts, pupils learn key communication skills and gain the confidence to prosper in the real world.
To forge pupil characters and ambition through challenges and opportunities.
Because we believe that essential life skills are often best taught outside of the classroom, balancing an academic education. Through a wide-ranging co-curricular programme, we offer every child the chance to participate, perform and lead in the fields of their choice. In a competitive world these opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter develops essential life skills and an ambition for life.
DEVELOPING STUDENTS WHO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE AND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
Because our mission challenges us to be a vibrant community which enables people to live their lives to the full and transform society for the better. Located in the heart of Cornwall, our distinctive, serene location supports the development of balanced, unpretentious and reflective children who understand their role as global citizens.
ENCOURAGING PUPILS TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN WAY OF THINKING
Because we encourage pupils towards a personally developed life philosophy. Underlying all that we do is a solid foundation based on the ethos and values of Christianity. We nurture and challenge each individual child in a caring environment that is inclusive, enjoys the diversity within our School Community and beyond, and supports a genuine desire to question what we see and what we know.